Biath­letes to com­pete for state ti­tles

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WHISKEY Flat will come alive as com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors de­scend for the up­com­ing Vic­to­rian Biathlon Cham­pi­onships this month.

With a ter­rific snow cover, this year’s cham­pi­onship looks set to go ahead and Aus­tralian Biathlon As­so­ci­a­tion (ABA) race sec­re­tary, Phillip Colebourn said there will be spe­cial guests at this year’s event.

“This year we have two VIP’s at­tend­ing, in­clud­ing se­nior In­ter­na­tional Biathlon Union (IBU) Ubaldo Prucker and the Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Sport Damien Drum, which is a big deal for us,” he said.

Biathlon is a win­ter sport com­bin­ing two op­pos­ing dis­ci­plines of cross coun­try ski­ing and pre­ci­sion tar­get shoot­ing.

The two-day cham­pi­onships will be held on July 19 and 20 at Whiskey Flat and Mr Colebourn said al­though the race is gen­er­ally for mem­bers, people in­ter­ested in try­ing out the sport could par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the cham­pi­onships.

“We can ac­com­mo­date people in­ter­est­ing in try­ing biathlon in our sports class event which uses laser ri­fles,” he said.

“Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact me and I will send them on­line race en­try de­tails.

“Race fees are $25 for any­one 15 years or younger and $35 for all other age classes, which in­cludes the use of laser ri­fles.”

Mr Colebourn said fa­cil­i­ties at Whiskey Flat are limited and people are en­cour­aged to dress for con­di­tions and bring their own lunch.

Com­peti­tors will line up on Satur­day for the Sprint event and Sun­day for the Mass Start event and Mr Colebourn said spec­ta­tors are most wel­come.

“Races will start at ap­prox­i­mately 10am on both days and is gen­er­ally con­cluded by noon,” he said.

“People gen­er­ally train on Satur­day af­ter­noon be­fore Sun­day’s race – they’re fan­tas­tic events to watch, be­ing a spec­ta­tor is com­pletely free.

Any­one want­ing to know more about Biathlon can con­tact Phillip Colebourn at abaraces­ec­re­tary@ gmail.com.

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